L.A. Care and UCLA Health announce agreement to serve Medi-Cal patients

L.A. Care Health Plan and UCLA Health announced today that they have agreed to a three-year contract that will allow L.A. Care’s 2.2 million Medi-Cal members to received care at UCLA Health locations.

The agreement will open access to specialized tertiary and quaternary care services like complex surgery, cancer  treatment, and intensive care services at UCLA’s highly regarded Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica for Medi-Cal patients.  In addition to specialized care, the agreement provides that 3,500 L.A. Care Medi-Cal patients will be eligible to receive primary care services from UCLA Medical Group. L.A. Care CEO John Baackes praised the partnership stating,

We’re pleased to bring expanded access to high-quality health care to our Medi-Cal members. UCLA is always ranked among the top hospital systems in the country, and now our members will benefit from that expertise.

This agreement marks the second recent partnership between L.A. Care and UCLA directed toward improving access to care for low-income patients. In July L.A. Care announced its Elevating the Safety Net program that will provide medical school scholarships, school loan repayment, and clinical and practice incentives to medical students and doctors who will commit to service in areas that are currently suffering from physician shortages. Four scholarships will be granted each year to students at  the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with an addition four students attending Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Both programs are oriented toward L.A. Care’s mission of providing access to quality health care for L.A. County’s vulnerable and low-income communities, and supporting the safety net  needed to achieve that purpose.